December Bloom Day-In And Out

december-4-2008-068-2 Bloom day, the fifteenth of each month, has rolled around the calender again and for December’s chilliness the sunroom/greenhouse is the place to be. Cattleya Slc. (Pumpkin Festival ‘Fong Yuen’ x Naomi Kerps ‘Fireball’) or Pumpkin for short is starting to fade fast, no Christmas flowers this time, but did manage to be in bloom for the big Thanksgiving bash. Two and one half months is a good amount of show time for the catts, but its bloom day inclusion is over until next fall. Thanks for the good times Pumpkin. See you next year.december-4-2008-070-2We are giving the cyclamens a go for the first time.december-4-2008-072-2Straight from the grocer’s shelf. It is hoped they can be planted outside in the ground this spring. No tag means we can safely assume these are hardy. Smirk.december-9-2008-003-2In the latest post about the sunroom/greenhouse, click here to read about that, the tag with the name of this paph orchid was questioned. Research and the process of elimination have corrected that assumption. Paphiopedilum Raven ‘Forever More’ x Paph. curtisii ‘Imperial Purple’ or Raven for short is believed to be the correct name.december-9-2008-006-21Still in bloom after several months is Paphiopedilum (Starr Warr x Maudiae) ‘Pisgah’ x Paph. Dark Spell ‘Wolf Lake’, or Star Wars for short. Months of bloom time for a single flower and small sized plants make the paphs my favorite orchids, not to mention the exotic flower form.december-9-2008-017-3Put on your coat, hat, gloves, scarf and boots for its time to go outside and see what we can uncover in the way of flowers blooming in the garden. Under the deck we find this orange wallflower, Erysimum citrona orange still hanging on. This was also featured in the November bloom day post.december-9-2008-019-22On warmer days the pansies and violas will lift their heads for portrait making.december-9-2008-024-2Sometimes they need a little gentle human hand holding them so the lens can focus on their beauty.december-9-2008-028-2They are more like creatures than flowers with their whiskered faces.december-9-2008-046Buds not quite open will be counted as blooms today to help pad the numbers. The heathers are fully loaded in buds that are still tightly clasped. This is Erica darleyensis ‘Mediterranean Pink’.
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Also in bloom or bud shown below are, from left to right, annual dianthus, Sheffield Pink mum, chaenomeles (flowering quince), white phlox subulata, erysimum (wallflower) and the yellow button mum. But the biggest treat was found in bloom under the tall pines at the edge of the property.december-9-2008-029december-9-2008-057december-9-2008-022december-9-2008-0901december-4-2008-039december-4-2008-032
december-13-2008-frost-086-2Camellia sasanqua ‘Chansonette’. Out of three of these shrubs planted eight years ago, there was one flower opened. Drought has taken its toll on these shiny broad leaf evergreens. They are using all their resources just to stay alive. New growth with the formation of flowers is asking too much of them in these lean times. A lesson here for us all.
Frances
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For more bloom day posts, check out the Matriarch of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, Carol of May Dreams Gardens.

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54 Responses to December Bloom Day-In And Out

  1. easygardener says:

    You are doing very well with flowers at the moment. I do like the Paphiopedilum – very otherwordly.
    You might find the cyclamen are not very hardy. Many of these pot plant types are C. persicum varieties and susceptible to frost.Always worth a try though!

    Hi EG, thanks, the greenhouse earns its keep in the winter months. You are probably right about the cyclamen, but there is no room for something else that needs winter protection here. It’s outside or compost for the cyclamen come spring. Thanks for stopping by.
    Frances

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Wow is all I have to say about your blooms Frances. Here the ice is coming down and there is nothing blooming. WHINE… it is a treat to see what all is blooming at your place.

    Hi Lisa, thanks. It looks like a lot, but a visual sweep of the garden reveals mostly browns and greys, with a sprinkling of evergreens. Now the greenhouse is another story, with several orchids in bud that will get us through the winter and beyond. Glad you enjoyed our show.
    Frances

  3. OMG your Cattleya. I’d say more, but I’m suddenly at a loss for words.

    Your Paphiopedilum looks an awful lot like the one I got semi-recently, Paph. Supersuk ‘Eureka’ x Paph. Raisin Pie ‘Hsinying’ x Sib. Which I throw out there just in case you’re looking for more confusion. (If not, then yes, I’m sure it’s Paph. Raven, etc.)

    Hi Mr. Sub, you, at a loss for words? I’ll take that as a high compliment. The colors on the catt are wonderful, it got darker and more orange as the flowers matured too. So many of the paphs are similar, but I went back and checked out the old photos to ID raven. It was one of three paphs purchased on a trip to Carter and Holmes that snagged me into orchidaholicmania and is well documented in photos are notes. I have recovered from needing every orchid I come across, thank goodness and concentrate on the paphs and keeping them happy. Supersuk, or the suk bloodline is in another that I have, or have had, it rings a bell. Thanks for stopping by!
    Frances

  4. VP says:

    Hi Frances – Cyclamen’s a lovely choice 🙂 Over here they’re very popular for Christmas and I’m happy to say I’ve managed to keep mine on the go for over 10 years. The kind we have here as an indoor plant aren’t hardy enough for outside though.

    YOu asked about my Viburnum davidii – no I don’t have a pollination partner, so no electric blue berries for me 😦

    However, I’m planning a border revamp for next year, so who knows in the future…?

    Hi VP, the one shown is most likely supposed to be an indoor plant too, but it is going in the ground in a protected dry shade spot anyway. My davidii is having a hard time in our drought, it wants more water than it has been given, but has spread by spreading sucker roots so is wider, yet smaller in height than when it was purchased several years ago. I read that the pollinator must have different parents, how strange, so I mail ordered one and planted it nearby. We have had a late freeze in 2006 that killed the flowers and then the drought. Maybe one of these years there will be berries. I would not recommend this viburnum to anyone starting out, there are much nicer ones with more prolific flowers and berries. Can’t wait to see your border revamp, however, that is always exciting! 🙂
    Frances

  5. gittan says:

    Oh, Frances! I adore your Orchides as the Orchid-lover I am. Unfortunately I haven’t tried to keep any Orchid exept the Phalaenopsis alive since they are rather expensive. But I’m looking foreward for a trip to Copenhagen this spring, where we will visit a huge greenhouse where they cultivate all different kinds of Orchides, and twise a year it’s open for anyone to see and by =) direct from the cultivation. I wonder, do you have more like these? Hope you’ll have a great day / gittan

    Hi Gittan, thanks so much. Your trip to Copenhagen sounds exciting, in many ways but the trip to the greenhouse, yahoo! Do try the paphiopedilums, I find them much easier to rebloom than the phals, even though some might not agree. The leaves are attractive when not in bloom, too. I have several more paphs with buds, they will be shown as they open, great promise for the future dreary winter blahs. Have a wonderful day yourself!
    Frances

  6. Darla says:

    What an impressive collections of blooms in the middle of December! Great colors.

    Hi Darla, thanks. The greenhouse/sunroom saves the day for these winter bloom days. The flowers outside are rare and under branches, not visible from the windows or even on the garden patol.
    Frances

  7. Randy says:

    Just beautiful, Frances! I’ve heard Cyclamen are excellent outdoor plants that can tolerate cold into zone 3, but I haven’t had a chance to research it much. Maybe some of your readers can enlighten me about them?

    Hi Randy, thanks. There are cyclamen that would be hardy here, if kept dry enough at the crown, but these may not be that variety. They are going outside in spring no matter, but will be cheering in the greenhouse until then.
    Frances

  8. Cosmo says:

    Happy Holidays, Frances. What a wonderful winter garden you have, inside and out. I’m so jealous of your wallflowers–I’ve always planted them in the spring and they’ve grown leggy right away–maybe I should try them in autumn instead. And I agree, pansies do look like little creatures–I just love them, and your photos are stunning. Happy Bloom Day!

    Hi Cosmo, same to you and thanks. This is the best year for the wallflowers so far. I have started seeds in the greenhouse in winter and they are so long and straggly when planted they look pathetic. This year they finally self seeded and those plants are much more compact and healthy looking, so there is great anticipation for loads of blooms. They are rarely for sale here, but I buy them when I find them to add. So much better in mass, like everything else in the garden!
    Frances

  9. joco says:

    Hiya Frances,

    Your pictures are a bit small 😉

    All I can say is Wow! Those orchids are amazing.

    Can’t work out why you couldn’t get in. Was I too ambitions again with my JavaScript?

    Try again if you would on joco

    Hi Joco, thanks, but sorry you had to use a magnifying glass to see the flower shots. 🙂 I will try to visit you again, for I know your photos are always amazing.
    Frances

  10. Gail says:

    Hello dear friend! Lovely lovely blooms on this rainy day! It is pouring here and 55 degrees~~ so typical of winter in Nashville. It makes dropping by to see your gorgeous blooming plants truly a joy! The violas are lovely this morning and your exotic looking orchids are stunning. I have to say that I am totally a Sheffie fan. I am going to be getting me some wallflower, what a fantastic color!

    Take care…hope you get rain and not sleet! Gail

    Hi Gail, thanks. Way to warm here for sleet, right now anyway. Do look for the wallflowers, they have been a great and happy surprise here, blooming while even covered in hard icy frost.
    Frances

  11. Dave says:

    Nice blooms Frances! Your Erica is way ahead of ours. Ours probably won’t bloom until next month at the earliest. The orchids look amazing!

    Hi Dave, thanks. The heathers are several years old and massed together for protection too. The buds are covering the bushes, but it will be next month for us too before they open up. I think they open and close according to the temps and sun shinging.
    Frances

  12. Frances,

    Do you go stand in your lovely greenhouse everyday to take in the winter beauties? I think I’d never leave it!

    Just gorgeous displays of color to brighten up the winter months.

    Cameron

    Hi Cameron, thanks. I do spend more time in there after Christmas, for it is home to the seed starting madness too! Double the fun. 🙂
    Frances

  13. Rose says:

    What a treat to find the camellia blossom! It must have conserved all its resources for this one bloom. Let us know how the cyclamen does next spring; I’ve never had much luck with them and wonder what the “trick” is.

    Hi Rose, thanks it was really a surprise for I had been scoping out those camellias looking for buds that might be open for bloom day and was sad that there were hardly any at all, and none near opening. The cyclamen has lots of different species, some are hardy, some not. They say that the florists types, the kind at the grocer’s usually are not, but I have seen people plant them with success. Drainage and keeping the crown above ground are key.
    Frances

  14. Racquel says:

    You are so lucky to have a greenhouse to grow these lovely Orchids and other tropicals! I would love to have beautiful blooms year round to enjoy. I’m definitly adding a Camelia to my garden next year. Beautiful display of blooms for GBBD Frances. 🙂

    Hi Racquel, thanks, you are so right about the greenhouse. I wish it were a real greenhouse instead of just a regular room with skylights and lots of windows, but it does the job with the orchids. I need more camellias too, some of those ones with snow or Christmas in the name for flowers at this time of year.
    Frances

  15. Marnie says:

    Pumpkin is simply exquisite! I like the sweet little violas too.
    Marnie

    Hi Marnie, thanks so much. I was a little miffed at the Financier for getting Pumpkin, for I had gotten rid of many catts, too big and too hard to get to rebloom. But this one has bloomed nicely for the four years I’ve had it, so there is room made for it. What an ingrate I am! 🙂
    Frances

  16. Katarina says:

    Frances, I’m sitting here enjoying your gorgeous pictures. You’ve got so many lovely blooms – it’s amazing! I love your Paphs in particular – so exotic and beautifully coloured.
    Katarina

    Hi Katarina, thanks and welcome to the alternative universe of wordpress. So glad you like the paphs, they are not to everyone’s taste. I love them.
    Frances

  17. Hi Frances~
    I love the cyclamen flowers with those heart shaped leaves. Kudos to you for having so many blossoms and blooms at this time of year.

    Happy holidays to the happy gardener!

    Karrita

    Hi Karrita, thanks so much. The leaves on the cyclamen are as pretty as the flowers, I agree. The greenhouse really deserves the credit for the blooms this month! Happy holidays to you too, those new birdhouses are fantastic!
    Frances

  18. Francis, I could just stay on your GBBD page all day! But, then that wouldn’t be fair to all the other GBBD bloggers–so, I’ll have to leave, eventually:( My enjoyment of garden blogging is mainly to see the colors in the garden–and you’ve provided a banquet today! Jan

    Hi Jan, thanks so much for those sweet words! It is hard to go visit everyone, I start out with the best intentions in the morning, going down Carol’s list, then get caught up doing other household things, especially on a monday and fall behind. Thanks for stopping by.
    Frances

  19. Cindy says:

    I’ve sent a link to this post to my orchid growing pals, who will doubtless be wowed by the beauties pictured. I need to get outside & take pictures for my GBBD post … I’m dawdling because I’m dressed for warmer weather. A front blew through about an hour ago and it’s too chilly for short sleeves now!

    Hi Cindy, thanks so much for sending the link, tell them to come on over anytime! 🙂 That short sleeves remark really cracked me up! HA
    Frances

  20. Cinj says:

    Holy buckets woman! You’ve got lots growing inside and out. Those pansies are the cutest, aren’t they? Mine finally froze I sure hope it left some seeds behind for me for next year.

    Hi Cinj, thanks. My cup does runneth over. I hope you got some seeds too, they are always such a treat. So glad your fall on the ice was buffered by the snowbank. 🙂
    Frances

  21. Sylvia (England) says:

    Frances, Cyclamen regularly survive our winters outside, I have found they establish better in the spring and they flower for me. They like a nice shady place which is fairly dry, under trees is ideal but they must have any leaves cleared from them or they rot away. Hope this helps to find the right place because finding these lovely flowers in the depth of winter is glorious.

    best wishes Sylvia

    Hi Sylvia, thanks so much for that info about the cyclamen! I have just the spot, under the tall pines, and will keep the pine needles off of them, easier than leaves and not as damp too. I really appreciate that good advice!
    Frances

  22. All your you photos are lovely but I must say that paph orchid had me just staring in wonder. What a stunning, stunning flower. I think I may have just been converted to orchid collector…who knew? Kkim

    Hi Kim, thanks for that but be careful, once you get the orchid fever, there is no going back! At least the paphs are generally inexpensive, small and the leaves are pretty on the mottled ones, by far easier to rebloom than the green leaf ones. Welcome to the club, if you feel like making the commitment, summering outside, then inside for the cold months. It does take some dedication to getting the orchid’s needs met but once you rebloom one, you will be hooked. 🙂
    Frances

  23. Monica says:

    Cyclamen are just so cute. And orchids are just so… science-fictiony looking. I really like your purple pach–it’s cool!

    Hi Monica, thanks so much. The orchids are crazy wild looking, I love them too.
    Frances

  24. Teleri says:

    Beautiful flowers! Pansies are amazing, aren’t they? Flowering outside through the winter. You have a wonderful range of colour for this cold grey month.

    Hi Teleri, thanks so much and welcome. The pansies and violas are soldiers in the flower army during winter, then are covered with flowers in spring thanks to the strong root system that grew during the colder months.
    Frances

  25. Anne says:

    Beautiful photos, Frances, as always! The shape of a cyclamen bud is absolute perfection, I think.

    Hi Anne, thanks for noticing that. The photo is not a clear as I’l like, but the bud is such a fantastic shape, as you say.
    Frances

  26. I love orchids. They just keep going and going.
    Donna

    Hi Donna, thanks for dropping by. The length of bloom time on the orchids is underestimated by many. The cool greenhouse keeps them fresh so much longer than the warm house too. I just have to look out for the warm sunny days when the greenhouse can heat way up, we haven’t had much of that this winter so far though. A spritz from the mist wand will cool them down when that happens.
    Frances

  27. I suppose it is the drought for us too- I have two white camelia blossoms and this time of year it is usually covered. I’m feeling glad I bought the end of the pansies just as Christmas trees were taking over the nursery.
    Do you have Christmas Cactus too? Mine isn’t blooming this year- probably not enough sun where I keep it.

    Hi Jill, thanks for dropping by. We have been having so much rain here lately, maybe that will help next years blooms on the camellias, and a little fertilizer too. I do not have a Christmas cactus now, but had one as a young mother many years ago. It was so easy and bloomed reliably, but it was in a super sunny window. Pansies are great, I agree. 🙂
    Frances

  28. Wow — those pictures are enough to bowl one over! Nothing like hot pinks and orange on a cold day. What a great garden to visit — thanks!

    Hi Linda, thanks and welcome. Glad you enjoyed the blooms today. 🙂
    Frances

  29. They say, when you’ve got it, flaunt it. That’s some serious flaunting! Your Orchids are amazing – talk about “garden porn.”
    I wish we could grow Heather here. I love its delicate beauty. Good showing.

    Hi MMD, thanks, you are so funny! The orchids are quite sexy. Heathers,…you should be able to grow these, they love the cold, it’s the heat they can’t tolerate. These are not the tender ones. Erica darleyensis, Zone 5, (-20 degrees) and wamer). Are you zone 5?
    Frances

  30. lisa says:

    You sure have some gorgeous orchids! I have serious erica envy…and the stuff you still have going outside. I wouldn’t give up my snow, though! *~<]:-)

    Hi Lisa, thanks. Now I see why you won’t give up your snow, it is gorgeous. Love your hat! 🙂
    Frances

  31. Barbarapc says:

    Those orchids are splendid – I’m living vicariously through my southern climate blogging buddies – enjoying your wonderful blossoms.

    Hi Barbara, thanks so much. It is cold here too, but the greenhouse saves the bloom day! 🙂
    Frances

  32. Wow – what an explosion of colour Frances – very lovely!
    K

    Hi Karen, thanks. I loved your bouquet today too.
    Frances

  33. Philip says:

    Hi Frances,
    I love all the flowers, but the cyclemen planted out of doors I think sounds exciting as that is something I considered once, and never got around to doing it. I went home at lunch and tried to find an illustration of a garden with cyclamen naturalized.I was anable to find the book so far, but I found it inspiring when I saw it originally. It was a garden in France, The woodland had an alle in the french manner carpeted with scattered cyclamen in dappled light. That is more than what you are planning, but it was breathtaking, nevertheless.

    Because of that image I read up on cyclmen in the garden, thinking I would try it in one spot we have.I have read in the past that the tuber should be just below the surface, covered lightly. It likes humus, essentially happy in well drained leafmould that stays kind of moist, but not too wet. Cyclamen hederifolium is the most hardy. That could be what you have, but it is a bit hard for me to tell if it is not c. persicum, which is what is usually sold by florists.Anyway, it is all fun, and fun to think about.
    All the best,
    Philip

    Hi Philip, what a fabulous comment, thanks so much. I love the thought of masses of cyclamens under the tall pines at the edge of the property. That is a dry area due to the pines and I don’t try and grow much under there besides viburnums, hollies and assorted oddball toughies. The plan never comes out just the way we imagine, but your photo memory sounds perfect. Thanks for all the info and keep us updated on your own carpet of cyclamen. We will do the same. 🙂
    Frances

  34. jen says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!! Love the orchids especially.

    Jen

    Hi Jen, thanks so much. The orchids are showing that they are worth the effort at this time of year when little else is in bloom.
    Frances

  35. Frances, you and I are so close, but zones apart. You still have stuff going on.

    Now that my Bloom Day post is up, I come here and realize my Erica ‘Mediterranean Pink’ is blooming and could have been included in an otherwise bloomless post. Drats.

    Hi Christopher, yes, zones apart, especially during the winter. But outside here, the flowers have to be searched out, the view as a whole is pretty drab but for the structures and evergreens, not a colorful mass that the photos might suggest. You will be able to show the heather next month, and the next and the next…. 🙂 Good deal on the inspection passing, too!
    Frances

  36. Brenda Kula says:

    Absolutely spectacular photos of your gorgeous flowers! So many pretty blooms in December, thanks to the greenhouse!
    Brenda

    Hi Brenda, thanks. I bet you can grow orchids in your new dining room! 🙂
    Frances

  37. Bonnie says:

    great photos and quite a variety for December!

    Hi Bonnie, thanks. The greenhouse kicks into gear about now to keep us in flowers.
    Frances

  38. Your blooms are superfantastic! It’s cheery. I’m going to send you some very warm weather on Thursday so your heathers can open their pretty faces.

    I’m a Mauve Bowles Wallflower fan! Oh my word that plant blooms it’s head off for me. Of course it’s at the former home and belongs to someone else now–boo hiss. I had it in morning sun and afternoon shade. OH Frances..I first typed in morning sun and afternoon rain…now don’t we wish.

    Hi Anna, thanks for the sweet words and the warm weather! 🙂 Keep it up! We bought the purple flowered wallflower with the tag Mauve Bowles but it had variegated foliage, so is not that cultivar, but blooms its head off year around for me too. You just need to get yourself another one for the new garden. We have been getting so much rain lately, we went from 15 inches deficit to 8 last week, and it is still raining! Hooray!
    Frances

  39. Sunita says:

    Are you sure Ma Nature didnt pass on some extra secrets to you? I’m so eaten up with envy looking at your cattleya. Mmmm! Love it!
    And that cyclamen… I’m ready to brave freezing my tropical blood just to live in a place cold enough to grow cyclamens like that.
    You really have a lot of colour running indoors! 😉

    Hi Sunta, thanks so much. That catt has been a winner, I have killed many others! The cyclamen is going outside come spring, hope it can live here and even spread about, or I will get others to spread about if it lives! Thanks for stopping by.
    Frances

  40. chuck b. says:

    Wow, that Cattleya makes a powerful statement at the top of your blog. I’m suddenly in the mood for pina colada.

    Hi Chuck, thanks. It is quite photogenic, but the flowers are now laying on the tile floor of the greenhouse. I love pina coladas too, and walks in the rain….
    Frances

  41. Hi Frances! Thank you for visiting my blog the other day. I really enjoyed looking at your photos, and I am already getting some ideas for what I can plant in my yard. Just to clarify–is the shrub with the “oranges” on it “winter gold?” A couple of those orchids are scary looking, like they would bite your finger off! Not being an orchid grower, my amateur gardener self thought that they were relatives of the Venus Flytrap!

    Hi C. Moonflower, thanks and welcome. The orange berried holly is Winter Gold, sort of a stretch in the naming, but probably sells more with that name that winter orange! HA The paphs are not to everyone’s taste, other orchids are much more flower looking. There are more orchid species than any other plant!
    Frances

  42. Shirl says:

    Hi there Frances 🙂

    Wonderful colour inspirations for this time of year! Great blooms 😀 I thought of you went I went out for pics of my violas. I looked long and hard and did find one with it’s face slightly showing! My post is up too if you would like to visit 😀

    Top spot out of your posting has just got to go to the colours of the Paph. Dark Spell – what an absolute beauty! Interesting, it matches my garden perfectly at the moment 😀

    Hi Shirl, thanks for that. Your post was fantastic, as always. Misty moisty mossy is my favorite type of garden. I would love to see yours in person some day! 🙂 The dark paph is a mood setter, isn’t it?
    Frances

  43. Cindy says:

    Wow! What Color, what faces, what beauty. You certainly have it all going on. Love the close up shots of the blooms. You brought sunshine to my day 🙂

    Hi Cindy, what a sweet thing to say, thanks so much! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed them.
    Frances

  44. Jean says:

    I was really enjoying and marveling at your orchids and then I saw the pansies and violas. They are so sweet looking! I don’t know what it is about them, maybe it’s how delicate they look. Anyway, thanks once again for so many beautiful photos. I’m going to try to get outside for some Blooms Day photos myself, a day late!

    Hi Jean, thanks, both the orchids and the pansies/violas are so photogenic, you almost cannot take a bad picture of them. Love you pop up greenhouse!
    Frances

  45. joey says:

    Beautiful photos for bloom day, Frances. Love your orchids but especially smitten with your slipper orchid, praying mine will bloom again (looking iffy), though thrilled to see large blooms on my cymbidium. Your sunroom, like mine, looks like a happy place, espcecially in winter. Enjoy your cyclamens …

    Hi Joey, thanks. Oooh, Cymbidiums, what a star presence they are. I had two wonderful ones but they were just too large for my little space. I would grow them again in a snap. I did figure out how to keep the paphs happy, spahgnum moss as a top dressing over the standard paph potting mix. The roots like to grow on top of the mix and then dry out, the moss keeps them moist but not too much and I water when it is bone dry.
    Frances

  46. Kate says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous flowers! And, photos! I hope, someday, you’ll give a virtual photography class for your fellow bloggers. 🙂

    Hi Kate, thanks and welcome. I am not that good a photographer, but did realize that reading the owner’s manual on the camera makes all the difference! I just use auto for all my shots and the macro function for the close ups. The glory goes to the Canon powershot A720 IS, not me. 🙂
    Frances

  47. Sweet Bay says:

    Wow, beautiful orchids. Beautiful photos too.

    You have a lot blooming this time of year! I agree, pansies really do look like they have faces. I especially like the color shading on the second one — lovely.

    Hi Sweet Bay, thanks so much. I like that one too, but know from experience that those colorways don’t go well with the tulips colors planted in the beds, so the blue containers are the perfect spot for them come spring. I find that the containers keep them from getting lost in the garden beds too.
    Frances

  48. Good luck with your Cyclamen, they are great plants to have. If you water them on a saucer (lukewarm water only) they will do very well for you indoors. Don’t know if or how they will survive in your climate. These don’t where I live.

    I see that you’ve had lots of fun hunting for blooms in your garden. Happy GBBD Frances!

    Hi YE, I thought of you as I was out hunting for blooms, or searching. They were hard to uncover outside, so much easier in the greenhouse. I cannot let the cats in the same room with the plants, however, they are not polite with plants. 🙂
    Frances

  49. Carol, May Dreams Gardens says:

    Very nice! Thanks for joining in for bloom day and sharing so many beautiful blooms with us!

    Hi Carol, thanks. We all love sharing whatever we have in the bloom day posts. What a fabulous idea!
    Frances

  50. Shauna says:

    Your sunroom blooms have melted away my winter grumpiness and surprisingly these exotic little joys actually made me feel Christmassy. Your orhcid pics and the unfurling cyclamen are blow my mind!

    Hi Shauna, so nice to see you, thanks. The sunroom is a transforming place, there is so much light from the windows and skylights, and of course blooming tropicals helps lift the mood too!
    Frances

  51. Phillip says:

    My gosh, those orchids are stunning (the second one is a tad scary though!). Just gorgeous.

    Hi Phillip, thanks. The paphs are a little disturbing to some. HA
    Frances

  52. Lorraine says:

    absolutely wonderful photographs!

    Hi Lorraine, thanks and welcome.
    Frances

  53. Weeping Sore says:

    Nice sedum! There is always something going on in your garden, and you capture the best of the best in your pics.

    Hi WS, thanks so much. There is always something going on in the garden now that it has matured some, it was not always so.
    Frances

  54. cheryl says:

    I’ve seen alot of orchids but yours, o wow, so very exotic they are. What a treat your garden is Frances, thank you.

    Hi Cheryl, thanks so much. I have settled down with my orchid addiction to the paphs, for their size, ease and weirdness! 🙂
    Frances

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